Simply Coping as a Calling

Vinoth’s words and words from friends are deep and touch the soul. ‘Honest grieving is your current vocation or your title Simply Coping is a Calling’. John Donne’s words are also deep and speak of someone who has walked through the valley of the shadow of death. Nicholas Wolterstorff’s words about helplessness and overcoming and the power of death but the last sentence speaks of the rawness and numbness and scars who overcame and will ultimately overcome this separation by death.

Thanks for your words about Karin and the testimony of those who attended her funeral just by their presence. That is the life of who Karin is and was, touching people all along the way. Receive a deep embrace from your friends in Bangkok.

This review is from: Midwife for Souls: Spiritual Care for the Dying (Paperback)
Midwife for Souls touched my three brothers and I deeply during the final days of our father’s life. We were introduced to this book by a Hospice Chaplain who gave us permission to ask any questions that we wanted to about what to expect in the days ahead from moving dad from hospital to hospice care. Her references to this book of what to expect were just what I needed to hear.

Kathy’s sensitivity, practical compassion and obvious calling to work with the dying was a source of deep strength and comfort to us all as we had not walked this way before. God used this book in helping us to address questions as a family that we do not normally talk about and to provide us with an environment of love and care to share our hearts.

Her practical insights from more than 20 years of experience helped us move from the unknown to the known in how to prepare ourselves for the uncertain days ahead of us not only with Dad but four other deaths of parents within a period of two years.

Midwife for Souls has been a constant resource for me as a Minister in walking with families who face the loss of a loved one both for those who profess faith and for those who do not. The sensitivity, prayer and comfort that Kathy offers in this book will help you and be a source of God’s care to you. God promises to walk with us through every situation and challenge that we face and He will be with you as well. Steve

Vinoth Ramachandra

My wife, Karin, fell asleep in Christ in the early hours of 6th May. Her funeral, two days later, was a celebration of a life lived fully and sacrificially.

Large numbers of people from all walks of life – the very poor as well as the very rich, the highly educated as well as the uneducated- turned up at the funeral home as well as the Anglican Cathedral in Colombo where the funeral service was held. It was a testament to the impact she has had on so many in this country. Not to mention the steady flow of emails and cards she received from all over the world before her death, and I have been receiving since.

Friends in London arranged a Thanksgiving Service for Karin a month later, at the church where we were married nearly twenty years ago. I repeated the tribute-homily I gave at the funeral…

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